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Things to do in Sicily

Plan your romantic Mediterranean getaway on the island of Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is a popular holiday destination for tourists all over the world. The beaches of Sicily are some of the best in all of Europe. There are also some great archaeological sites and historic landmarks that can be visited in tours so whether you love beach bumming or sightseeing, you can be sure to find many things to do in Sicily when visiting the beautiful island.

 

Things to do in Sicily

The island of Sicily is an autonomous region of Italy. It is situated in the center of Mediterranean Sea.

 

Sicily Beaches

When going to Sicily on holiday, you will find its many beaches very inviting and accommodating. The island has fine sandy beach strands where people go to swim or soak up under the sun.

 

Honeymoon in Sicily

The island is also a very popular honeymoon destination. If you are going on a honeymoon, Sicily offers many resorts and villas that have breathtaking sights and a pleasant, romantic air.

 

 

 

Sicily by Car

For sightseeing adventures, it is advantageous to participate in a guided tour across the island. You can also explore the city on your own; the best way to traverse Sicily is by car and the island has many rental options available.

 

Palermo

One popular sightseeing destination is Palermo, the island’s capital and home to several famous monuments and landmarks.

 

When to go to Sicily

Sicily has warm to hot summers, wet and mild winters, and plenty of sunlight throughout the year. A popular time to visit Sicily is in July to mid-September, when the weather is scorching hot and perfect for a trip to the beach. It is also the high travel season of the island. If you like a more moderate Mediterranean weather, visit Sicily in spring or autumn because the average temperatures are warm but not so hot. The low season is from November ‘til before Christmas and January to February. The island is quieter during these months but some shops and hotels are also closed.

 

Things to do in Sicily

Sicily Facts

Population5 043 480
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian
CurrencyEuro
Longitude14
Latitude37.5
AirportCatania Fontanarossa, Italy (CTA)

Sicily average temperatures

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
7~16 °C 7~17 °C 18 °C 21 °C 18~26 °C 22~30 °C 25~33 °C 26~33 °C 22~31 °C 16~26 °C 12~21 °C 9~17 °C

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Sicily - Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)– a Baroque architect’s dream come true

The Val di Noto is an area situated in South-Eastern Sicily that consists on eight towns: Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli. In 1693 the entire area suffered the damages of an earthquake that required the rebuilding of these cities completely or partially. This catastrophe, however, was taken by architects of the moment as an opportunity to redesign whole towns following renaissance and baroque styles, which is reflected in the Val di Noto through magical-looking buildings and streets. In Caltagirone, for example, you will be amazed by the 142-step Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, decorated with ceramics of different colours and patterns (in fact, its name derives from Arabic meaning Castle of Pottery jars).

Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is formed by two parts; the Necropolis of Pantalica, containing over 5000 tombs from the 13th to 7th centuries BC, has remains from the Byzantine period like the Anaktoron’s foundations, the Prince’s Palace. The other part of the site is the ancient city of Syracuse, including its nucleus, Ortygia, founded by the Greeks and described by Cicero as the greatest and most beautiful Greek city.

Villa Romana del Casale

The Villa del Casale is the greatest example of a luxury Roman villa that thanks to its great preservation has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, it contains the finest and most well preserved mosaics in situ in the Roman World, thanks to a landslide that covered the villa in the 12th century AD. The villa shows how the most privileged lived in the Roman Empire. Closer to a palace than to a villa, the area of the site that has been excavated for now covers about 4000 m2. If you are visiting especially in summer, take water with you because it will get hot and the visit can take you up to four hours!

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MARATHON

Sicily Marathons

Sicily offers The Palermo Marathon where you start, and finish, at the city’s main square. Through the course you’ll experience narrow Sicilian streets, charming markets and broad avenues. It is flat to undulating and if you compare it to others it is pretty low key. It also offers a half-marathon as well. In Maratona di Ragusa you run in the countryside, crossing small villages and suburbs in Ragusa West. Overall, it is seen as a fast marathon. Siracusa City Marathon starts in the artistic old city of Syrakusa and the finish is at the legendary Fonte Ciane.

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SKIING

Sicily ski vacations - Ski down beautiful Mount Etna

At first you may not think of Sicily as much of a place to go skiing. But thanks to Mount Etna it actually is! It has a total of about 11 miles (18 km) of slopes and 11 ski lifts. If the weather is good you can start skiing here in November and continue on until the end of March, and sometimes even into April. You have three different resorts to choose from in Sicily, Etna South/ Nicolosi offers 6,2 miles (10km) of slopes and 5 lifts. Etna Nord/ Linguaglossa has 3 miles (5km) with slopes and 4 lifts. And then we have Piano Battaglia that consists out of about 2 miles (3km) of slopes and 2 lifts.

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GOLF

Golf in Sicily

The romantic island of Sicily can be the perfect place for a relaxing vacation, and one of the most popular activities on the island is golf! On Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA you can play on two different courses, an 18 hole parkland course and an 18 hole links course. The courses complement each other in style. While the parklands course is more straightforward and rewards consistant play, the links course rewards, and punishes, risky play. Verdura Golf Club is another amazing golfing extravaganza, also with two 18 hole courses and an additional 9 hole par 3 course, that can be a lot of fun to play.

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